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RAW: Batista, Flair stand tall over Legacy
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Judgment Day has come and gone, and we are all still thankfully alive and well. I guess Terminator was wrong. What? Judgment Day was the WWE Pay-per-View that aired last night? I guess that means RAW will be somewhat of recap show emanating from Louisville, Kentucky.

Randy Orton kicks off the show, and if you are lazy like me and didn’t read a recap of last night, Orton is still WWE champion. The champ retained by getting himself disqualified. (I smell a rematch!)

Once in the ring, Orton confirms he is still the champ, and last night he wanted to take Batista out for good, but he was stopped by Ric Flair. (Umm, this better not be a ploy to bring Flair out of retirement.) Orton details his time with Flair in Evolution. The champ then describes how he has booted his former friends, and how none of them have gotten retribution. Flair interrupts the rant, and heads to the ring.

Flair tells Orton he did not beat Batista, since he got himself intentionally DQ’ed. Flair says Orton was the chosen one in Evolution, but Batista blew by him and never looked back. Flair says until you beat the man, you haven’t accomplished a thing. Orton says he is the man, and will beat Batista anytime and anyplace. Flair tells Orton GM Vicki Guerrero isn’t happy that her main event was wrecked, so in three weeks Orton will defend his belt against Batista in a steel cage at Extreme Rules. Orton wants Flair to deliver a message for him. Orton knocks out Flair, stomping away at him, as Legacy walks to the ring. Rhodes and Dibiase don’t see Batista running up from behind. The Animal knocks them down, but Legacy recovers to overpower Batista in the ring. John Cena runs in to even the odds, and Legacy clears the ring.

Josh Matthews asks John Cena the question everyone wants to know, “Why?” Cena says he wanted to prove that he will not let his fans down. Cena then announces his intentions to reclaim the WWE title. Vicki approaches him, and tells Cena he will team with Batista to take on Orton and Legacy. Cena mocks the GM, and then says he loves the match.

Match #1 – Diva’s Battle Royal – Number One contender match

If Santina isn’t in the match, I’m protesting. No Santina. No match coverage. (I may not have many principles, but I’m stinking to them!) Kelly Kelly wins after Maryse interferes, causing Mickie James to fall out of the ring.

Winner: Kelly Kelly

So Santino made fun of the Miz at Judgment Day. I feel sorry for those who paid $40 to see that.

Match #2 – Santino vs. Chavo Guerrero

Chavo clubs Santino over the back, and then rips off his t-shirt. Guerrero connects with an atomic drop, and Santino takes cover under the ropes. Santino needs to walk off the injury, but Chavo has seen enough and goes back to work. Chavo tries to humiliate Santino by slapping him around. Santino gets mad, and gets in some offense, before a boot sends him to the mat. Chavo climbs the turnbuckle, but Santino rolls into the corner. Chavo steps off the ropes, and charges. Santino ducks and Chavo hits the turnbuckle face first. Santino rolls up Chavo to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Santino Marella

Chavo gets on the microphone and tells Santino to get his sister, because she has a match later tonight, against Vicki Guerrero.

Maryse is talking to The Miz in French. He may not understand her, but he says it’s hot. She shoots him down, but he soldiers on. Miz continues to flaunt his undefeated record over Cena, and says he has something in store for him tonight.

Josh Matthews infers to Matt Hardy that Vicki is rewarding him for taking out his brother and allowing Edge to retain his title, by giving him a U.S. title shot against MVP, tonight. Matt says he did it because Jeff doesn’t deserve it. Vicki granted him the match, after wiping away last week’s loss, because he deserved it.

Vicki is chewing out Chavo for making the match with Santina, when Randy Orton bursts in. Orton isn't happy about the rematch with Batista at Extreme Rules. Vicki says she doesn’t need to consult with him on matches. Orton threatens her by saying she better stay on his good side.

Match #3 – Carlito and Primo vs. The Brian Kendrick and Goldust

Um, Goldust and Kendrick? I don’t get it. Primo gets the pin on Kendrick with a springboard cross body block off the top rope, after blocking sliced bread.

Winner via pinfall: Carlito and Primo

After the match, The Brian Kendrick chews out Goldust for the loss. Hornswoggle runs in to help his buddy, and chases Kendrick from the ring.,

The Miz mocks Cena again, dressing as the former champ and walking to the ring to Cena’s old entrance music. The Miz claims he is four and oh against Cena. The Miz is going to do a remix of “Word Life”, called “Nerd Life: The Story of John Cena”. The Miz claims another victory, but the King has heard enough. Lawler gets in the ring to set the Miz straight, just because you call someone out and they don’t show, doesn’t mean you win. To prove his point, Lawler calls out Batista, who doesn’t show. Lawler tells the Miz he just doesn’t get it. Lawler then calls out Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, and Stone Cold Austin, and they don’t show. Lawler tells Miz to asks Vicki for a match, if he really wants one.

The Big Show crashes the party, saying make believe time is over. Show isn’t done with Cena, he will take on Cena at Extreme Rules in a submission match. Show tells The Miz he will have to wait. Miz says he can wait for Cena, after he beats Show. Miz pushes The King into Show, and runs. Big Show knocks Lawler down and then slaps on the camel clutch.

Jim Ross joins Michael Cole to take over for the injured Jerry Lawler.

Match #4 – Matt Hardy vs. MVP – U.S. Title Match

MVP beats hardy into the corner, but misses a kick, as Matt grabs the ropes. Hardy tries to leave, so MVP brings him back the hard way. Hardy recovers to take down MVP, and then starts to take the pad off a turnbuckle. Hardy blocks an MVP attack by hitting him in the knee with the cast. Hardy continues to focus on the leg, wrapping it around the ring post. MVP connects with a flying clothesline, and then fires away with fist. MVP delivers a side slam. MVP follows with the “Ballin’” elbow, but Hardy kicks out. Hardy knocks MVP to the outside, but Hardy is run into the ring post. MVP then slams the casts off the ring steps. MVP stomps on the cast, and then kicks Hardy in the head. MVP hits the Playmaker and gets the pin, retaining the U.S. Title.

Winner via pinfall: MVP

Ric Flair tells Batista that next week he is going to call out Orton and beat him up. Flair says he may be retired, but he can still fight. Batista wants Flair to stay retired. Flair thinks Batista has lost confidence in him and won’t walk to the ring with him.

Chavo tries to teach Vicki the frog splash. Vicki wants to call off the match, until Santina comes in and insults her again.

Match #5 – Santina vs. Vicki Guerrero – Miss Wrestlemania Title match

Santina grabs a mic and calls Vicki jealous, and then kisses her. Chavo jumps in and announces the match is now NO DQ. Chavo attacks from behind, mounting Santina and punching away at her. Santina reverses, and body drops Chavo out of the ring. Santina has a free run at Vicki, until William Regal cuts her off. Vicki covers to get the win, and title of Miss Wrestlemania.

Winner via pinfall: Vicki Guerrero

Match #6 – Randy Orton and Legacy vs. Batista and John Cena

Cena and Cody Rhodes starts things off. Cena runs into an elbow, and is trapped in the heel corner. Orton tags in and so does Batista. The champ wants no part of the Animal, tagging in DiBiase. A huge clothesline takes Ted off his feet. Rhodes jumps in, but Batista takes them both down. Cena helps to clear the ring, and we go to commercial.

After the break, Orton rolls Batista back in the ring, and stomps away at him. DiBiase tags in, dropping elbows and then slapping on a chin lock. Batista powers out, but runs right into a boot in the corner. Rhodes gets the tag, and drags The Animal toward the enemy corner. Cena gets the hot tag, and hits Rhodes with the five knuckle shuffle. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment, but doesn’t realize Orton made the tag. Orton drops a knee into Cena’s head. DiBiase nails Cena with a cheap shot, with the ref’s back turned. DiBiase tags in, climbs the turnbuckle, but misses a knee drop, as Cena rolls away. Cena is then isolated by Rhodes, and cannot make the tag. Cena fights back, but runs into the turnbuckle. Rhodes hits a moonsault, but cannot get the pin. Orton demands a tag, and goes back to work on Cena. Orton connects with drop kick, and covers. Cena kicks out. Orton slaps on a chin lock. Cena drags Orton to the corner, and makes the tag. The Animal hits a power slam, but cannot get a two count. The camera cuts to Cena fighting Big Show on the ramp and into the back. Batista delivers a spine buster to Orton, and takes out Rhodes and DiBiase. Rhodes climbs the turnbuckle, but is pushed off, by Ric Flair. Batista spins and spears Orton. Batista covers for the win. Flair and Batista poses together in the ring.

Winner via pinfall: Batista and John Cena

After the match, we see a replay of Flair running to the ring with a chair. Flair hands it off to Cena, who uses it on Show.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale skipped Judgment Day to see the new Star Trek movie. Which was the better choice, ask Dale at DPlummer627@yahoo.com. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627